Man Makes Up Story about Gunmen Severing His Fingers in Tariq al-Jedideh

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The army's intelligence directorate has arrested a young man on charges of fabricating a story claiming that Islamist gunmen had chopped off his fingers with a sword during Sunday's unrest in the Beirut district of Tariq al-Jedideh.

Media outlets and social networking websites were buzzing with the story as Future television reported that “Ehab al-Ezzi is in the army's custody on charges of making up the story about his fingers being cut off.”

The TV network said the army “will issue a statement” clarifying the issue's circumstances and noting that the story is “made up and fabricated.”

OTV also said that “Ehab al-Ezzi was arrested by the army on charges of fabricating a story claiming that his hand fingers were cut off at the hands of alleged gunmen.”

In a report published Wednesday by An Nahar newspaper, Ezzi said a number of gunmen had chopped off the fingers of his left hand with a sword while chanting Allahu Akbar (God is the Greatest).

He said the incident took place on Sunday near the Beirut Arab University in the mainly Sunni area of Tariq al-Jedideh.

But investigations showed that Ezzi had lost his fingers during a fight with a friend over the ownership of a motorcycle, LBCI television reported.

Ezzi sought to receive free of charge medical treatment after the health ministry instructed hospitals to treat those wounded in the clashes that followed the assassination of Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan, LBCI said.

“They asked about my religious sect and I told them I'm Lebanese. But one of them, sporting a heavy, long beard, pulled from my neck a necklace with the sword of Imam Ali bin Abi Taleb on it, threw it on the ground and started stepping on it along with the other gunmen who were near him. After that, one of them who was wearing an Afghan outfit brandished a long sword and prepared to hit my head. At that moment I shouted, 'No! Not my head. Don't kill me!'” Ezzi told An Nahar.

Later on Wednesday, the newspaper said “it turns out that Ehab al-Ezzi was wounded in Beirut's southern suburbs, not in Tariq al-Jedideh,” promising readers that it will publish the full details of the incident on Thursday.

An Nahar also said that Ezzi was being interrogated by the army.

Comments 14
Thumb phoenician 24 October 2012, 23:06

Sick prick.

Missing people-power 24 October 2012, 23:43

FT has to type with only one hand now, bummer

Default-user-icon Disgusted Citizen... (Guest) 25 October 2012, 10:33

May your general meet a worst death than that of General Wissam Al Hassan... And he was never a general in the true sense of the word... Generals get promoted for exceptional military performance and not abandoning their troops to be slaughtered by his current allies... He is nothing but a replica of Judas...

Missing greatpierro 26 October 2012, 12:05

Could you please explain us why you think God should bless Ehab Al Ezzi?

Is it because he lied or is it because he is creating religious strife? If you are so overwhelmingly excited of Ehab's behavior it means that you and your alike abide by those values of lies and hatred.

Default-user-icon MUSTAPHA O. GHALAYINI (Guest) 24 October 2012, 23:52

why annahar newspaper covered the story on its front page with a big picture,it is dangerous for civil peace,where is the professionalism??even if it was true....and it proved that two haramieh were fighting over a stolen motorcycle?

Missing rudy 24 October 2012, 23:56

HAHAHAHA tayyar ran his story under the title of "fa li ya7ya el afghan" and said that the men were dressed in afghani robes..

liars, and nawar of course

Thumb benzona 25 October 2012, 01:19

read this in lorientlejour this morning.... bakkeer naharnet!

Default-user-icon Greatpierro (Guest) 25 October 2012, 08:28

We sure are winners to make peace with a modern democratic country like Israel than fornicating with tyrant regimes like Iran or Syrian that did thousand times more harm to Lebanese and Arabs than Israel did.

Missing tariqjdidi 25 October 2012, 09:38

Dont be hasty. Both israel and shiite iran are enemies and a threat to a democratic lebanon. By claiming israel is no threat than your only parroting the same kind of misstake shiites do when they want us to believe only israel (not iran and bashar) is our enemy. Its foolish and facts speak for themselfs. Israel will always be a threat to arabs as long as it exists. It doesnt even leave alone the two states they have a "peace" treaty with. May God curse shiaism and israel.

Missing theobserver 25 October 2012, 10:25

well i can say that I m not sorry that he lost his fingers. byestehal!

Default-user-icon Disgusted citizen (Guest) 25 October 2012, 10:34

The jerk was a former soldier who was kicked out of the servic and also an ex-convict... Just one of ali baba nasrallah's thugs...

Missing rudy 25 October 2012, 13:00

That part makes complete sense.

but really? guys with swords and afghani clothes and long beards, while the army stood and watched and he had the time to ask for help and they just stood there and said we cant interfere while there was a sword raised to decapitate him.

he could have just said that some bullet or RPG hit him in the hand, and no one would have known the difference

Default-user-icon Hiam (Guest) 25 October 2012, 17:00

بدل ان يرفع دعوى على من قطع اصابعه و هو يعرف من هم , اختار الكذب و الدجل و تلفيق الاخبار , فمن يا ترى طلب منه ذلك ؟ كم قبض من تلك الجهة ؟ هو و كل من له علاقة بالموضوع يجب ان يحاكموا !!

Default-user-icon Hiam (Guest) 25 October 2012, 17:03

بدل ان يرفع دعوى على من قطع اصابعه و هو يعرف من هم , اختار الكذب و الدجل و تلفيق الاخبار , فمن يا ترى طلب منه ذلك ؟ كم قبض من تلك الجهة ؟ هو و كل من له علاقة بالموضوع يجب ان يحاكموا !!